American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Decay of a bone or tooth, especially dental caries.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A destructive disease of bone, causing a friable condition and worm-eaten appearance, attended with suppuration. It is probable that several distinct pathological processes lead to this morbid condition.
- n. A disease of the teeth, resulting in the disintegration of their substance and the formation of cavities. In man and carnivorous animals it is supposed to be caused by one of the bacteria, Leptothrix buccalis. See Leptothrix.
- n. In botany, decay of the walls of the cells and vessels.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) Ulceration of bone; a process in which bone disintegrates and is carried away piecemeal, as distinguished from
necrosis, in which it dies in masses.
- n. soft decayed area in a tooth; progressive decay can lead to the death of a tooth
- From Latin caries. (Wiktionary)
- Latin cariēs. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His father knew Iranian government officials back years ago. .still to this day I bet you the name caries respect over in the middle east.”
“While poor diet and oral hygiene play a role, cavities are actually caused by a disease called caries, which is five times more common than asthma, Dr. Riggins said.”
“All cavities are symptoms of a bacterial infection called dental caries, which is the most common disease of childhood.”
“In this study, an attempt was made to evaluate the results of dental caries, which is the most common dental disease, in order to document changing patterns of health and diet ranging from the transitional period of huntinggathering through agriculture to the present day in human history in Anatolia.”
“The teeth are interesting in showing marked rotting or "caries," hitherto unknown in prehistoric skulls.”
“In proximal cavities attacked by this kind of caries, separate freely on the lingual side, and fill with tin.”
“The developers say that small areas of decay, or "caries", can be treated early before they develop into cavities, sparing the patients more invasive treatment and discomfort.”
“I have a boxer-mix dog who has always had a natural proclivity to bark and has a deep, loud voice that caries.”
“But, since we already know that water fluoridation does not effectively reduce dental caries, this is an unnecessary cosmetic defect, and, worse yet, it is a worrisome indication that your body has been overexposed to fluoride.”
“As you may know, the theory behind the introduction of fluoride in your water supply initially seems beneficial: to reduce the incidence of dental caries in children.”
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